A Dangerous Trap - Monday, January 19th 2015
"for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision."
Are you afraid of people? While we often think of that question in terms of physical harm, the reality is that most of the time our fear of others is a fear of rejection or ridicule. This fear leads us to disobedience or apathy.
One of the primary examples of this is our fear to witness to others. We have the greatest news in the world and yet we are afraid to share it because of what someone may think. Imagine if the apostle Paul was fearful of men. We would not have a large chunk of the New Testament or the spread of the Gospel. Paul put aside his fear of others because he had a healthy fear of the Lord. In other words, his love for the Lord trumped his fear of people. Step out today and be a witness. God is with you and He can use that one step of faith for something amazing.
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe." NKJV
Life Lesson: Fear of man can scramble our priorities.
Thank You for Your love and grace. Help me to not be trapped in the fear of others, but instead give me boldness to tell the Truth about You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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